Shell scripting woes.

Julien Gabel jpeg at
Tue Feb 24 10:29:26 PST 2004

>>>> Hello guys! I have two questions about shellscripts:
>>>> 2) The same backup job - is written as a bash script, and it
>>>> works perfectly when run by hand, but it won't run as a cron job.

>>> Are you using a full path in the shebang at the top of the script?
>>> Such as:
>>> #!/bin/sh
>>> or
>>> #!/usr/local/bin/bash

>>And more generally, is the ${PATH} variable set correctly according
>>to all the tools/utility used along your script?

> As a reply to both answers, here's a script that wont' run:
> #!/usr/local/bin/bash
> echo start > test.txt
> ...and here is bash:
> [root at p3-550 /usr/local/etc]>> whereis bash
> bash: /usr/local/bin/bash
> this is /var/log/cron
> Feb 24 19:20:00 p3-550 /usr/sbin/cron[27988]: (root) CMD
> (/usr/local/etc/
> This is the crontab entry:
> * * * * * /usr/local/etc/
> (At the moment, I have no shell parameters or other parameters in
> crontab, another crontab-job runs fine, but that's an executable
> file.)

Here it runs fine... but /usr/local/etc/ is and must be


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